Introduction to Warli Art
Warli folk paintings are the painting of Maharashtra. Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. The word “ Warli” comes from “warla” which means a piece of land or a field Despite being in such close proximity of the largest metropolis in India, Warli tribesmen are still not urban. Warli Art was first discovered in the early seventies. While there are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to decorate the walls of village houses. This was the only means of transmitting folklore to a others who are not acquainted with the written word.
Basic Warli Figures
All the figures belonging to the Warli Art are combination of several geometrical patterns, inspired from the nature.
For example: A circle represents the sun and the moon, A triangle got inspired from themountains and pointed trees, and a square indicates a sacred enclosure or a piece of land.
Basic Human Warli Figure
1. Draw an Inverse triangle and normal triangle meeting at an apex, this becomes the body of the tribal man.
We need to make a combination of 3 strokes to make a leg, thigh to knee, knee to ankle, and the feet, you may give these 3 strokes in the proportion of 2:3:1 for a more proportionate Warli human figure
5. Now for the Hands, we are going to use lines. Hands can be free in the Air, on the waist of oneself, on the waist of adjoining human figure, or on the sideways also. Following are some of the examples for the same
In a Tarpa Dance form, you will be required to use all these geometric human figures joined together hand in hand, to form beautiful tarpa dance pattern.
Note: A Musician is generally placed in the center of a Tarpa Dance Circle, who plays the Music and the other human figures dance around him. you can refer to some more of the musician designs from the following link
Look at this beautiful Wall Frame. its very simple to make, yet very beautiful. You can also make a village picture and show tarpa dance form in it.
Please Try making these and keep me posted......you may mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any craft ideas, suggestions or queries you have. would love to take them
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